Vietnam War Was a Harrowing Experience for South Carolina Veterans

Sep 18, 2017

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’s new documentary The Vietnam War airs this week on SCETV.  As a companion piece, we talked with Vietnam veterans Wade Fulmer and Jim Knight, as well as historian Fritz Hamer, who pointed out that Vietnam was the most unconventional of wars the U.S. had been involved in.   After the Gulf of Tonkin affair, President Johnson increased troop numbers in Vietnam radically, and Fulmer tells of his drafting and his trust, at the time, in his government.  Knight, who had long envisioned military experience for himself, cheerfully volunteered for duty, going to Germany before being transferred to Vietnam.  Once there and immersed in the war, both veterans began to question the decisions of the government that had sent them there.